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News Release | U.S. PIRG | Solid Waste

New Jersey Governor signs recycled content bill into law

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill into law on Tuesday that increases the recycled content of plastics and other products.

News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fund | Transportation

New Report: President Biden’s first year in office marks progress on numerous environmental fronts

Following years of rollbacks, President Joe Biden began his term nearly a year ago amidst unprecedented environmental and public health challenges. Despite these obstacles, his administration has made significant strides toward restoring lost environmental protections and confronting daunting threats to our climate and public health, according to a new report by Environment America Research & Policy Center and U.S. PIRG Education Fund. 

News Release | TexPIRG Education Fund

Community leaders call on Houston ISD to get the lead out of school drinking water

 

HOUSTON – Twenty two religious, consumer, environmental, health, community and school leaders wrote Houston ISD Superintendent House today urging him to take action to protect kids from lead in school drinking water. The letter comes alongside a new analysis showing 84% of Houston ISD schools still have lead contamination of drinking water even after some remediation efforts by the district. 

News Release | TexPIRG

Texas to get $221 million this year to remove lead pipes

AUSTIN -- The White House announced today that Texas will receive $221 million this year to remove lead service lines as part of a new plan to prevent the lead contamination of drinking water (and reduce other exposures to lead). The Biden-Harris Lead Pipe and Paint Action Plan features unprecedented federal funding and new requirements on elementary schools and daycares to test for lead in drinking water. Voluntary testing has previously found lead in the drinking water of 71% of Texas schools which tested. Environment Texas and TexPIRG urged the state of Texas to accept the funds (this week Gov. Abbott urged state agencies to reject funds in certain conditions) and urged schools and daycares to act expeditiously to protect kids from lead in drinking water. 

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